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Symi Island is a small, tranquil island in the Dodecanese islands, just 25 miles northwest of Rhodes. It’s an ideal destination for those who want to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere with breathtaking views, hikes along the sea and a more authentic, traditional Greek island experience. When approaching the port, the traditional village that comes into view looks as if it’s a painting, a view that’s hard to take your eyes off of, but within it you’ll find old-world glamor, along with multiple restaurants and tavernas for sampling Symi’s shrimps, a local delicacy.Read More
Symi At A Glance
Population of Symi 2,590
What to See in Symi Explore the main town, visit the Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis, enjoy the view from Kastro, discover the Symi Archaeological Museum
Towns or islands to visit near Symi Rhodes, Kos, Halki, Tilos, Nisyros
Things to do in Symi
There are just a limited number of sightseeing attractions on Symi, with relaxing on the beach and enjoying the scenery one of the top things to do. There is no lack of spectacular stretches here, with some of the most popular including Nos Beach, the closest to the port. It’s an easy walk from town, lined with sunbeds and umbrellas, as well as being the only place on the island to rent jet skis and a variety of water toys. Agi Marina sits in a secluded bay and is the first stop on the water taxi route. It can also be reached on foot from Pedi by walking along the north shore of the bay. Continuing around the bay, there is a path to Agios Nikolaos, another great beach (also accessible via water taxi), with trees providing natural shade. There are also sunbeds and umbrellas as well as a taverna with a traditional menu.
One of the most iconic landmarks on Symi is this monastery which sits on the southwest coast of the island. Built in the 18th century, dedicated to the island’s patron saint archangel Michael, it has an impressive bell tower and two small museums. The monastery itself is also open for visits.
Symi Archaeological Museum
Housed within a traditional Symian home in the Agios Athanasios district, the old part of town, this museum showcases a collection of archaeological artifacts that date from the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. It also has a Byzantine collection along with some folklore exhibits, including traditional furniture, tools, utensils and clothing.
There are no hiking maps for Symi, but visitors can enjoy some great treks over old donkey trails and pilgrimage routes. A short, approximately half-hour trek from the main harbor will bring you to Niborio beach. It follows a path leading to a little village and beach with a beachside café, and further along, another bay.
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